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Is The Next-Generation Chevy Colorado Two Years Out For The U.S. Market?

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Chevy's Colorado concept vehicle. Image: © GM Corp.

Chevy's Colorado concept vehicle. Image: © GM Corp.

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Back in October we reported that Chevrolet will be building and selling the next-generation Colorado mid-size pickup truck in the U.S. At that time we had no timeline to go along with the announcement. Today, GM Inside News (GMI) is reporting that the new Colorado is two years out for U.S. buyers.

With production of the current Colorado ending this year, many assumed the new Colorado would launch the new mid-size truck as a 2013 model year as it is in many other markets. But it was just six months ago that GM announced the retooling of the plant in Wentzville, MO where the new Colorado will be built. It'll take a little while for the retooling to take place.

Another key reason the new Colorado won't be launching in the U.S. at the same time as it will in other markets is the design, as the new Colorado isn't specifically designed for the North American market. GMI said Chevrolet will launch an updated version of the new Colorado in the U.S., which will meet all U.S. standards. The updated version will then proliferate to other key markets.

GMI reports the new North American Colorado will feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Outputs and transmissions aren't finalized yet, but you can bet the trucks will likely have at least six-speed automatics. It is unknown at this time whether the 2.8-liter diesel engine that is in the Colorado in other markets will make it to the U.S. market.

Mid-size truck fans were disappointed when Ford announced it will not be bringing the global Ranger pickup truck to the U.S. This leaves Ford truck buyers with the F-150 and Super Duty as the only truck options at the Ford dealership. While Chevrolet's decision to bring the new Colorado to the U.S. likely won't change Ford's decision, stranger things have happened.

A delayed U.S. launch of a new General Motors product is nothing new. The Chevrolet Cruze launched in Europe long before it reached the U.S. market, and the Chevy Spark has also been on sale in foreign markets for quite some time now.

Stay tuned for more updates as the launch of the new Chevy Colorado draws closer.

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Comments (13)
  1. The Chevy Colorado(S-10)/GMC Canyon sold so well that like the Ford Ranger they let them both die a slow death :-)
    Long live the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma.
     
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  2. Well, looks like Ford and GM will not be selling midsize pickups in the USA.
    I am buying another vehicle next spring and was wanting to look at these new pickups. I do not want a large pickup nor will I buy a large pickup.
    Another market abandoned by Ford and GM. They will not be the worlds largest auto maker with that managerial mentality. The import makers are smiling all the way to the bank.
    Guess, they are just more interested in their stock options and bonuses that what the customer may be interested in.
    They are beginning to act just like the Old GM.
     
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  3. I just really wish someone would make a small pickup for us city weekend warriors. I miss the days of the original pup trucks. Easy to park, easy on gas and the right size for most jobs that I would need it for.
     
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  4. Sorry...meant to hit the thumbs up, not the thumbs down. I fully agree with Sage.
     
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  5. There are still a lot of Ford Rangers out there with the 4 cylinder and manual transmission.
     
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  6. Looks like a design hit to me. Hopefully Chevy puts Avalanche quality into this new small truck. I shied away from the Colorado because of low ratings. Got the 2011 Tacoma instead and very happy-18 months and 17,000 miles later Zero, nada, zip, 0 returns to the dealer for repairs and 20-21 mpg with the 2.7 ltr, 4 cyl.
     
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  7. Be nice if they would not only bring the Diesel but a manual trans.. Its nice to see a V6 going back into these trucks.. but really the Diesel is something I really want . All the imports offer the stick shift and I can not get the mileage advertised in an auto box.
     
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  8. GM/Chevy really screwed up BIG TIME when they put the I-5 (5 cylinder)in these models. The I-5 was a neutered I-6 which was a tried and true engine that GM originally planned to use. But because GM was buying the frames from Isuzu(which GM had a parts bin agreement with)it was later determined the I-6 would not fit until it was too late. The wheels were already in motion....the point of no return. So GM in it's infinite wisdom decided that all they had to do was lop one cylinder off the I-6 and 'wing-it'. What followed was a night-mare of engine problems. This is oh so GM's way of thinking which is why they got themselves into the trouble of declaring bankruptcy.
    I'm not so sure that GM has really changed much. Look at the VOLT.
     
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  9. What's wrong with the Volt? There was an issue, it was found and fixed. If you're going to spout junk -- go look at list of Toyota's recalls.
     
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  10. What's wrong with the Volt? You mean other than the fact it overheats, and can't find a market despite the heavy subsidies? Other than the fact production has been suspended? Other than the fact it costs on the order of $40k to buy? Other than the fact EMTs need specialized training to learn how to extract Volt drivers from the vehicle after an accident? All car manufacturers experience recalls, but the highly publicized Toyota recalls related to the "stuck" gas pedals were ultimately proven to be bogus. If you want to drive the Volt, knock yourself out, but don't presume to put that mess of a car on the same level as a Toyota or Honda, or even a Ford. GM is in turmoil because of very poor design and managerial issues. Mr. Mann is correct
     
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  11. Word on the street is even the dealers don't want them because they can't move them(sell them).
    The public doesn't want them because they cost too much and because of many things that Ferdie pointed out.
    So I propose that GM rename the Volt to Re-Volt ;-)
     
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  12. YEAH. The Toyotas are great...let's see in the last 5 years...a dozen recalls...engine sludge/failures...tailgates falling off...undercarriage rust with spare tires flying off and killing people...massive recalls in China...OFF TO THE CRUSHER WITH THEM ALL!
     
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  13. I have a good feeling about this. GM is taking the bull by the horns and re-vamping the whole line. They're even cutting production in the meantime and not milking it for cash with incremental updates like the old GM would have. I also hope to see the diesel. I'm pretty sure we'll get one, eventually. I'd rather they didn't rush it and put out a crappy one. Do it right.
     
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